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Crowd pleasing wines for holiday parties
Not sure what to bring? Grab one of these bottles
Published Tuesday, November 19, 2013
by Michaela L. Duckett

The holiday season is here. The invitations are rolling in. Need a wine recommendation for your next party to share with guests or to bring as a gift for the hostess? Try a bottle of of one of these crowd-pleasing selections:

90+ Cellars Lot 23 Old Vine Malbed | $24 Harris Teeter


A good bottle of Malbec is sure to please the crowd because it tastes great and pairs well with everything from Thanksgiving Day turkey to Saturday night's leftover pizza. Deep ruby purple in color, this Argentinian wine boasts exquisite aromas of black berries, ripe plum and robust spices balanced with ample structure and mild tannins.

Christmas at Biltmore | $12

Holiday Seasonal

Try a seasonal favorite. Biltmore just released its 2013 Christmas at Biltmore wine, a fragrant semi-sweet wine with flavors of apricot, spice and citrus. A blend of Gewurztraminer, Muscat Cannelli, Chenin Blanc and Riesling, this wine pairs well with poultry and seafood.

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LaMarca Prosecco
$15 - $20 


Get the celebration started with a bottle of bubbly that won't break the bank. Prosecco, one of the most successful sparkling wine types made today, is an increasingly popular, reasonably-priced alternative to champagne. Made from the Glera grape, it is geographically associated with the hills in the Northern region of Italy. Pair a glass of LaMarca Prosecco with a seafood linguine in garlic butter sauce or a light fish like snapper.

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Las Rocas Spanish Red Blend



Still unsure what to bring? Try a blend of whatever wine (red or white) that you like. If you enjoy drinking red wines but are unsure if your host or the other guests will appreciate the full-bodied taste of a cab, a bottle of Las Rocas Spanish Red Blend is a good option. This medium-bodied, bright red wine has intense flavor with a round smooth finish.  



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